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Rochester, MI, United States
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  • 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

  • A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Jacqueline Frost
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline's Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend, Caroline, is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine's sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline's fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. Now, just 10 days before Christmas, Holly's up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reindeer, Christmas Cheer, Cupcakes, Big Mistakes

  • By Debbie on 12-18-18

Fun & Cute Mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

A nice follow-up to the first book, although the description seems to be a little off. There’s no mention of the ex-fiancé in this book. I think that refers to the previous one. A bunch of loose ends means more mystery to come next time! Although I hope the next one doesn’t have a full year’s gap, and it picks up where this one left off. Looking forward to it!

  • The Skeleton Makes a Friend

  • A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Leigh Perry
  • Narrated by: Katina Kalin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid. Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular Online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and unique story

  • By VandyGirl83 on 12-16-18

More fun & mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

The skeleton mysteries is a feel-good and fun series with a very special twist- the detective pair includes a haunted skeleton! I don’t how it works, but it totally does. The narrator has the perfect voice for a 30-something mom, soothing and authoritative at once. I greatly enjoy listening to these books over and over again.

  • Alice

  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls that echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird, yet captivating...

  • By kansas on 02-25-16

Not what I expected, reader beware

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This book is composed of 90% sexual assault, 10% magic, not the other way around. If you are disturbed/triggered by rape and sex trafficking, this is not the book for you. The story is interesting and well-written, but there is so much detail and emphasis on sexual violence and torture that it is grating and difficult to finish. I wish the first couple hours and the last hour were the whole book, without all the stuff in between. How Alice came to find Hatcher and destroy the Jabberwocky are the interesting parts. It’s still a good story, and I’ll listen to the next one (Red Queen) to see how it ends, but I strongly advise people with weak stomachs for violence to skip this one, especially if you are under 18. It’s extra creepy because this narrator also did Howl’s Moving Castle, which is a beautiful spring walk in the park compared to this.

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. This is how it's done

  • By Angela on 02-08-18

Dark and Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

A fairytale retelling of the origin of Captain Hook that will dig into your heart and not let go. You can’t put it down once you pick it up. It’s hideous and marvelous at the same time. Prepare to feel all the feelings.

  • A Matter of Loyalty

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Anselm Audley, Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIP To The Author

  • By Christina on 11-13-17

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I’m so glad this book appeared in the series to at least give us readers the ability to imagine the happy ending we began to hope for from the first book. I’m so sad the author passed away, but glad this story came to us in time. A very enjoyable read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ran out of gas.

  • By madr on 12-17-16

There is no story here

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If there was an actual storyline or plot for the book. It reads like a random serial comic where the hero busts in, kills the monster, has sex with a grateful buxom local girl, then bounds away on his next adventure. Over and over, until the book ends. There is no story arc, there is no villain, there is nothing to tie together these random events.

Has Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have listened to and loved all 5 Monster Hunter books, but I am getting really frustrated with this spin-off "series." It is just awful. If Larry Correia doesn't go back to finish his original storyline with Owen and Franks and Earl, and all the characters we actually LIKE, I will not want to listen to any of his books anymore. I do think that readers coming to this series for the first time with this book (and the one before it) may never pick up the originals because of a bad experience.

Which scene was your favorite?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book isn't my cup of tea, and that's okay in general. I don't like stories about a macho guy who thinks he's an unstoppable badass and sleeps with every girl in the book. However, what I do object to is turning a series I loved, with characters I loved, into a story that I hate with characters that I hate. It makes me sad and frustrated. I'm fine with putting down a book I don't like and not finishing it. I rarely write negative reviews. But I make an exception here because I hate the direction this series is taking, and as a loyal fan, I feel like I need to get my voice out there and let the author know that he is disappointing me. I hope other readers who feel the way I do will as well.

One thing I will say is that Oliver Wyman is an amazing narrator and does just as well with this book as with the original Monster Hunter books.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Young Heroine since Sabriel

  • By Tango on 03-16-14

Good book bad narrator!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Another very good by Jonathan Stroud. Hopefully they will choose a better narrator next time :(

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

So charming!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-16

If you could sum up Excellent Women in three words, what would they be?

Charming, subtle, amusing

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Mildred of course, but really, I liked them all.

Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

Jayne Entwistle was the perfect narrator for this story. I was absolutely convinced she was the "real" Mildred and I was fortunate enough to slip into her life for a while.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, for sure.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe this is the only Barbara Pym book on Audible! I was going to buy all of them after listening to this, but I was disappointed to find this is the only one! I've never read a Pym book before, and I could just go to a library and find more, but I loved listening to it so much, that I think I'll just wait for Audible to record more of her work.I felt that this book was an authentic and interesting look into the lives of women in post-war England, just before society began to make radical shifts. It was an amusing and relaxing story, the drama confined to the "goings-on" of a little town tucked away in the country, and nothing really bad happens. It was refreshing. If you like the vibe of British shows like Doc Martin or Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Anubis Gates

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

When Brendan Doyle is flown from America to London to give a lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, little does he expect that he will soon be traveling through time and meeting the poet himself. But Brendan could do without being stranded penniless in the teeming, thieving London of 1810.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yesterday… All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 06-21-16

A Twisty Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-16

It's been a long time since I read a book with so many labrynthian twists and turns, that was so superbly executed, and wrapped up so perfectly. The author masterfully leads the reader in a nightmarish chase through time, with carnivalesque villains, witless and charming heroes, and so many well-placed literary characters that any fan of classic literature will be delighted. Though there are numerous dropped hints and painstaking foreshadowing, the reader will find their head full of clues but unable to solve the puzzle until the very end, when it is wrapped up neatly and satisfyingly.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,952

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

One of my favorite books ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I love this book- the story is interesting and the narration is fantastic. The book really comes to life, you feel like you're there in the town with the characters. I've listened to it four times, and I know I'll listen to it many times more. It's one of those comfort stories you can keep coming back to over and over. It's also a great book for families to listen to together.